Folk Alley Radio Show #200625

This week on Folk Alley, we revisit “Folk Alley’s 100 Most Essential Folk Songs,” compiled from a survey of our listeners in 2010. Hear favorites from Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Donovan, and Joni Mitchell; then see how Folk Alley listeners voted as we count down the top ten most essential folk songs.

In hour two, new music from Freddie & Francine, Sunny War, Steve Earle, and Lori McKenna; we’ll hear the last song John Prine recorded before his passing; an exclusive Folk Alley recording of Brown Bird from the 2012 Green River Festival; and favorites from Eric Bibb & Maria Muldaur, William Prince, Kaia Kater, The Band, and more.

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Artist – Title – Album – Label

Hour One:

John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane – Rhymes & Reason – BMG

Donovan – Catch The Wind – The Real Donovan – PYE

Phil Ochs – There But For Fortune – There But For Fortune – Elektra

Joan Baez – Diamonds and Rust – Diamonds and Rust – A & M

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now – Both Sides Now – Reprise

Tom Paxton – The Last Thing On My Mind – The Best of Tom Paxton – Elektra

Ian and Sylvia – Four Strong Winds – Greatest Hits – Vanguard

Pete Seeger – We Shall Overcome (live) – Greatest Hits – CBS/Sony

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne – The Best Of – CK

Gordon Lightfoot – Early Morning Rain – Lightfoot! (LP) – United/Art

Kingston Trio – Where Have All the Flowers Gone – Anthology

Pete Seeger – If I Had a Hammer – Sing-A-Long – Smithsonia

Steve Goodman – City Of New Orleans – Steve Goodman

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind – Greatest Hits – Columbia

Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land – Save Our History: Save Our Sounds

Hour Two:

John Prine – The Bottomless Lake (live) – In Person & On Stage (Live) – Oh Boy

John Prine – I Remember Everything – [single] – Oh Boy / Thirty Tigers

Lori McKenna – Good Fight – The Balladeer – CN Records/Thirty Tigers

Leo Kottke – Part Two – Guitar Music – Chrysalis

Eric Bibb & Maria Muldaur – Good Stuff – Sisters & Brothers – Telarc Blues

Steve Earle – Time Like These – [single] – New West

Eliza Gilkyson (compilation) – Before the Deluge – Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne – Music Road Records

Sunny War – She Just Don’t Care – Can I Sit With You? [EP] – Harlan Steinberger

Tré Burt – Undead God of War – Caught It From the Rye – Oh Boy Records

William Prince – Bloom – Earthly Days – Glassnote Records

Pokey LaFarge – Bluebird – Rock Bottom Rhapsody- New West

Brown Bird – Iblis – Folk Alley Sessions at the 2012 Green River Festival – Folk Alley exclusive recording

Kaia Kater – West Virginia Boys – Sorrow Bound – Kingswood Records

Freddie & Francine – I Just Wanna Listen To The Band Play – I Am Afraid To Die! – Freddie & Francine

The Band – Rag Mama Rag- The Band – Capitol


Folk Alley’s weekly, syndicated radio show is produced by Linda Fahey and Elena See. The show is available for free to stations via PRX.org or directly from Folk Alley via Dropbox for non-PRX members. The Folk Alley Radio Show is presently carried on over 50 stations nationally.

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